STUDY: The GOP’s Proposed Federal Budget Would Suck For Gay Families (Duh!)

Despite the fact that an estimated 2 million kids live in families with gay or transgender parents, many are ineligible for a host of government programs designed to protect children’s health and well-being.

Thank you DOMA!

Last week, House Republicans passed a proposed federal budget put forth by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, R-WI (right) that would cut trillion from social programs over the next devade (that’s trillions).  Obviously that would have a serious impact on lower-income families, but studies show LGBT families would be particularly devastated.

Crosby Burns of the Center for American Progress analyzed the budget—and various studies on LGBT families— and makes some interesting points in a piece on ThinkProgress:

* Many gay and trans families cannot access government programs aimed at improving household economic security because of the government’s narrow definitions of a family when calculating household size and income. “This results in both inequitable treatment under government safety net programs and imposes a higher tax burden on same-sex couples,” explains Burns.

* Because many employers do not offer health benefits to the partners of LGBT employees, gay and transgender families disproportionately rely on public-health programs like SCHIP and Medicaid. But the Ryan budget includes dramatic cuts to both.

* A 2007 California Health Interview Survey found that half of the state’s families headed by gays or transgenders relied on public programs to help put food on the table (as opposed to 41% of hetero clans). But the Ryan budget would cut the funding of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—which aids more than 46 million families—by $133.5 billion over 10 years. “This includes drastic cuts to the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC,” says Burns.

* The Ryan budget also attacks financial assistance for higher education, slashing Pell grants by $200 billion. Thanks to the federal government’s narrow definitions, spouses of gay head of households aren’t factored in. If the spouse is a working parent, that can actually work in a child’s favor. But if the parent is, say, a stay-at-home dad, the real size of the household and the actual cost of living isn’t taken into consideration.

While these broad-based cuts will affect American families straight and gay alike, it’s clear that discriminatory policies like DOMA aren’t just immoral. There’s a very real cost involved—one that can be measured in dollars and sense

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  • arbiter

    The Ryan budget is just as Obama said, it’s a game piece in this ridiculous game of chess where the winner gets to decide whether or not we get to have an economy anymore. Guess who’s advocating for complete economic upheaval and depression? Yeah….

  • Bob

    I guess Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud are both proud of themselves and their party’s selfishness. All this so the rich can pay less taxes!

  • Juan

    It is really sad that people still believe in the left-right paradigm. People need to be independent thinkers and stop being sheep.

  • robbieoros

    OH MY another stupid ‘contributor’ to the site here…so lets see…
    If Barrycare takes on life…good luck barry…how the heck is that
    not going to put a knife in everyone’s back gay or str8?
    u stupid muther fukers…get off this Dems do more for me crap…
    when was the last time a Dem fulfilled a promise? all they fulfill
    is their own pockets..Hello Harry Reid…a crooked Mormon for sure, yes
    last count, Harry Reid has not been excommunicated from the Mormon Church
    but i bet its pending..

  • Marc

    One should be embarrassed we have trillions of dollars being spent in the first place, let alone, that a “cut” could reduce trillions of dollars. If LGBT couples are not getting coverage from their employers, why not advocate for equal consideration there! Being reliant on the government, means you could become reliant on Republicans. Do you really want that? Ryan’s plan is better, however, than any plan I have seen from the democrats….hold it, that’s right, they don’t have a plan. Morons

  • Clockwork

    Unemployment, unemployment, unemployment….

    Is what is CRUSHING poor and middle class families right now, gay, straight.

    You can wait until the year 2024 with president Hillary finishing her second term,
    but gay and transgenders will be just as poor with Obama’s economic growth crushing policies and ideology.

  • metrobobfan

    there’s no way there are 2 million children being raised by lbgt. if that’s true, then why all the fuss?

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